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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Col. Karuna withdraws unilateral ceasefire and declares &quo

[b]Col. Karuna withdraws unilateral ceasefire and declares "war of attrition against Tamil Tigers"[/b]

[b]Colombo, 05 May, ( [/b]Provoked by the Tamil Tiger attacks on TamilEela Viduthalai Makkal Pulikal (TVMP) in the east Colonel Karuna’s group has withdrawn from its unilateral declaration of ceasefire announced on January 30, 2006. TVMP states that after the attacks on their cadres on April 30 the ceasefire is no longer valid.

"The unilateral ceasefire is no more. It now stands withdrawn as from 30 April 2006," said Pilliyan, Special Commander of the TVMP. "This Unilateral Ceasefire was declared to create a conducive environment for the Sri Lankan President to continue with his negotiations to bring about a permanent settlement and peace to the Tamils and Tamil-speaking people in particular and to Sri Lanka in general. But after the Tiger attack on April 30 this ceasefire is no longer valid"

Pilliyan said that this was a decision taken by the TVMP Politburo.

He mentioned specifically that when TVMP declared the Unilateral Ceasefire they also said : "At the same time, we wish to emphasize unequivocally that in case Vanni Tigers ignore our Unilateral Ceasefire and continue with their killing spree by attacking our members or our supporters, then we will not stop at simply lodging a complaint with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and sit idly". ( "Karuna declares unilateral ceasefire with warning to LTTE")

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